In a wide ranging interview, Jessica Lawless discusses her transition from adjunct professor to labor organizer, the labor movement in the era of Trump, and the difficult process of linking activism in higher education with a far-reaching movement for social justice.
How liberal politics reinforces racism in seven simple rules.
The party conventions in July staged for everyone to see that the Republican Party was not going into the 2016 election unified—what almost everyone missed was that a lack of unity would actually propel them to a win in November.
Martín Plot reflects on the way the 2016 US Presidential election has fundamentally altered how Americans experience and understand their political reality, especially the perception of our shared possibles futures.
Kurtz reminds supporters of Bernie Sanders of the “invisible” history of American socialism through a series of post-War texts. His hope is to rehabilitate this forgotten history, and to give Bernie supporters a common heritage for future organizing.
Kevin Watson and Michael O’Bryan discuss the goals of SEIU in organizing adjuncts as well as the structural and cultural challenges faced by faculty and universities alike.
From the emotional highs of the Gezi uprising, to the recent failed military coup, Çağlar Köseoğlu surveys recent articles about Turkey and Turkish democracy.
In an interview, David Frayne discusses his new book The Refusal of Work, the psychological and social costs of modern work, and the possibility of reform.
Sinnott explores the relationship between form, genre, and expression of ideas. He compares two examples of writing that exemplify the possibilities that emerge when we stop insisting dogmatically on genre conformity.
In our second installment, we explore two questions surrounding the presidential election: Where is Donald Trump’s support coming form? Is Donald Trump a fascist?
We inaugurate a new series with a discussion of two articles on the crisis in the Humanities.
Anyone attempting to shed light on the problem of adjunct or contingent teaching labor (as some prefer to be called) in the United States’s colleges and universities is fighting a lonely political battle with few allies and many opponents, both of whom have a stake in keeping this issue quiet.
We see a situation in which neoliberalism has driven us into a brick wall and people are trying to find a way to get out of it. Foucault offers conceptual tools to those who are trying to change the world. In our contemporary conjuncture, attempting to mobilize Foucault’s name to shore up neoliberalism is perverse.
Contrivers’ Review is an online journal of theory and criticism. Though our first issue self-reflexively questioned the value of “intellectual” work, one crucial aspect of our description has yet to undergo much scrutiny—namely, the adjectives “online” or “digital.”
In a short response, Kovanda argues that there are viable examples of non-hierarchical public spheres.
The language of class in the adjunct struggle needs to be reevaluated. Adjunct should work in common cause with workers, rather than expressing their goals as the restoration of privilege.
In Piketty’s Capital, the novel is no afterthought.
A bibliographical essay on several recent conversations related to the theme of intellectual production and responsibility.
What is the relationship between the professional academic and the intellectual, especially for those on the left? Rafael Khachaturian offers a possible answer to this question, exploring the vexed role Marxism played in the past and what answers it suggests for the future. The answer won’t be found in nostalgia for the old public intellectual, nor in the modern day “specialists without spirit,” as Max Weber called them, but in the re-emergence of social criticism.
In this essay, Pete Sinnott, Jr. provides a short, but important, history of the form of intellectual production, the essay. Both the producer and the product are uncertain, historical artifacts. How we understand intellectual work today is bound up in that history: on one hand, of the author’s self-conscious introspection or lack thereof and, on the other hand, of the essay as it oscillates between science, art, and criticism.